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Sociology (M.A.)

The topic of Sociology is the analysis and understanding of the processes and dynamics of society. The objective of this Master's degree programme is to enable students to carry out their own independent research and critical observation of societies. Particular attention is paid to advanced knowledge of sociological theories and methodological competence.


Subject: Sociology
Degree: Master of Arts
Standard period of study: Four semesters
Start: Winter and summer semester
Part-time studies possible
Language of the programme: German

Admission requirements: Bachelor's degree in a related subject or a comparable degree, see below
Application deadlines: April 1st to May 15th (winter semester); November 15th (summer semester)
Lottery procedure: October 1 - 5 (winter semester), April 1 - 5 (summer semester)
Application: Application website


Programme description
The aim of this master's degree programme is to teach students in-depth specialised knowledge and give them the ability to master the core elements of the subject and apply basic theories and methods. The well-founded knowledge imparted about sociology and its theories and methods aims to enable students to independently formulate sociological questions to guide their research, analyse social structures and processes and thereby understand social issues.

It is about a research-oriented master´s degree programme. Therefore all students get the opportunity to design and work on their own research project in a two-term training research project class.

Besides the methods of empirical social research, the content of the programme will focus on:
1. (Historical)-comparative sociology and its topics and methods
2. Labour and industrial sociology, sociology of the labour market, educational sociology and analysis of the social structures of modern societies
3. Political sociology and sociology of the welfare-state
4. Cultural sociology, particularly research in migration and religion


Structure of the Master's programme
The degree programme starts in the summer and winter semester. The standard period of study is four semesters. Students enrolling in this Master's degree programme can select between an exclusive major in sociology or combine sociology with another subject. Please observe the admission requirements for module packages stipulated in the Examination Regulations for the respective subject.
Further information on elective module packages (German)

The course of studies comprises 120 credits distributed over 4 semesters as follows:
a) 78 credits for the major:
Sociology comprising 78 credits or sociology comprising 42 credits in combination with an admissible module package outside the major comprising 36 credits
b) 12 credits for the key competencies
c) 30 credits for the master's thesis.

This Master's degree programme is suited for part-time study. This applies when a specialised major is combined with an admissible module package outside the major subject.

Occupational fields
The degree opens doors to an academic career and facilitates entry into various professions, such as press, mass media, public relations, work for associations, in further education and extracurricular youth education and the youth welfare sector, in the field of public administration on the national, regional and local levels and in the human resources sector at companies and organisations.

In addition to the subject-related knowledge, students in this Master's degree programme will learn competencies that qualify them for admission to doctoral degree programmes.


Admission requirements
Bachelor or comparable degree in sociology or a closely related field. Should the previous degree not yet be completed, at least 150 credits are required at the time of application:
- at least 50 C in sociology (including at least: 9 C in sociological theory + 9 C in analysis of the social structures of modern societies + 9 C in empirical social research);
- applicants whose native language is not German must show proof of German language proficiency (e.g DSH-2 or TestDaF (4x4) till matriculation (30.09., respectively 31.03.)).


Recommended language knowledge
Confident use of English of and an additional foreign language is recommended